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Monday, May 3, 2010

Kids' Health News

Okay, this is a new one for me, but I'm reading through my daily health news update this morning, and came across three that pertain to kids. So here they are:

H1N1 FLU
The H1N1 flu killed four times as many kids in the U.S. its first two waves, as kids died fom the flu in the last five years. Let me break that down. 317 kids in the U.S. died from the H1N1 flu, whereas 82 kids died from the regular flu during the last five flu seasons. Of the H1N1 deaths, 65% were from older kids who had underlying, high risk medical conditions (neurologic and pulmonary topped the list).

The research found that the H1N1 vaccine was safe for kids, though adults showed a statistically signficant increase in Bell's Palsy in some cases.

MEDICINE RECALL
MacNeil is recalling some children's and infant cold, allergy, Zyrtec, Benedryl, Motrin and Tylenol products. For a full list of recalled items, click here. Apparently no kids have been hurt by the items, however some may have higher concentrations than stated, or have been contaminated with bacteria.

SUNBLOCK YOUR KIDS
A recent "Suntelligence" report showed that people aren't so smart about protecting skin from harmful rays. Put sunblock on your kids daily (SPF 30 at least) and don't use tanning beds! To read more about the Suntelligence report, click here.

OBESE KIDS AND BULLYING
Obese kids are twice as likely to get bullied. Is this really news? Apparently it is when a study is published about it.

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